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Simulation training programme to improve the integrated response of teams in mental health crisis care
  1. Marta Ortega Vega1,2,
  2. Leonie Williams1,
  3. Aleks Saunders1,2,
  4. Hannah Iannelli1,3,
  5. Sean Cross1,2,3,
  6. Chris Attoe1,3
  1. 1 Maudsley Simulation, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King’s College London, London, UK
  3. 3 Maudsley Learning, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Marta Ortega Vega, Maudsley Simulation, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Lambeth Hospital, Reay House, 108 Landor Road, London SW9 9NU, UK; marta.ortegavega{at}


Background This report presents the findings of a simulation programme to improve the integrated response of teams working in mental health crisis (MHC) care. The programme consisted of the delivery of five interprofessional training courses that aimed to improve the core skills of teams working in MHC care.

Methods Questionnaires were conducted pre-training and post-training, measuring participants’ human factors using the Human Factors SKills for Healthcare Instrument, as well as self-reported learning experience using free text questions.

Results The results found a significant change in human factors scores across all courses. Additionally, thematic analysis of the free text questions showed that participants identified improvements in communication, teamwork and clinical knowledge across all courses, with improvements in other skills in specific courses.

Conclusion Overall, the findings suggest a positive impact of the simulation programme across a range of personal and clinical skills, developing further the case for including simulation training in routine mental healthcare education programmes. Future research should consider the long-term impact of interprofessional simulation training in MHC teams to gain further insight into the efficacy of this training modality.

  • Simulation Based Education
  • Mental Health
  • Emergency Department
  • Multi-Professional Training

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  • Twitter Marta Ortega Vega @MaudsleySim.

  • Contributors LW, AS, HI, SC and CA contributed to the design and delivery of the project; inputted to the final manuscript before submission. MOV and CA led on drafting the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Ethical approval for the study was provided by the Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery Research Ethics Subcommittee at King’s College London on behalf of the Health Research Authority. Ref: PNM1314173.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Data are available upon reasonable request.

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